Disclaimer: I do NOT own Sukisyo or any of the characters in the following story …except for the very few that will be mentioning in this chapter and the ones yet to come, but you will find out about that later.
Rosie: But this is the last chapter. Who could be introduced now?
Me: …no one is new. I just didn't feel like making another disclaimer.
Me: Hey. At least I was nice to you by not adding the smiley.
Rosie: …true that.
She stirred. After a while of blacking out, she suddenly felt awake. She could tell that she wasn't in the warehouse anymore. She felt like she was lying in a soft mattress, covered by a warm blanket. So was she just dreaming? Was everything that happen just a dream?
She opened her eyes. The first thing she saw an extremely bright light that irritated her eyes, so she shut them quickly. Once her eyes adapted to the brightness, she could see someone sitting beside her. She couldn't really tell who it was; her vision was still blurry. "Well hello there," the person said. She could tell who it was by the sound of the voice. "N…Nanami-sama?" When she said it, her sight was improving. She was right.
He offered her a friendly smile. "How are you feeling," he asked her.
"Really…really…really dizzy," she said, caressing the side of her head. "Where am I?"
"At the school's nursing office," he answered. "You lost a lot of blood and we had to remove the bullet from your shoulder. So just try to stay still."
"Yeah, lucky for you, Hashiba and Sunao brought you here just in time." Nanami's head turned in the direction toward the foot of the bed. Rin's eyes followed his and there he found all her friends there. "Hey, Rin," Sora greeted her with a friendly smile, "Sleep well?"
"You were shot," Sunao explained, "He was about to shoot me as well when he collapsed from blood loss. Sora went to go check his pulse and we discovered that Aizawa, this time, is really dead. We then carried you out of there, called Nanami, and he performed surgery on you." Rin's eyes popped open. She lifted her blanket and found out that she wasn't wearing her pajamas anymore, but a hospital gown. She was exposed in front of everyone.
"Don't worry," Nanami said, Rin turned to him, "I made everyone leave when I changed you."
Rin looked down. "But you all know now," she said. She felt so ashamed for lying to her friends, especially Matsuri. "We still love you, Mir…I mean Rin," Matsuri said. She blushed when Matsuri said 'love.' Sunao giggled.
"Thanks Mat…" she said as she lifted herself up, but stopped when she felt a pain against her shoulder blade. She cried out in pain and Nanami pushed her back down. "Stay still," he told her. "Why does it still hurt," she whined.
"You broke you shoulder blade," Shinichiro explained, "It's going to hurt for a while."
"I see," she said.
"Rin," Sunao said, breaking the awkward silence. "I just wanted to say thank you for saving my life." Rin nodded her head. "That's what friends do for each other, right?"
Sunao nodded his head. "That's right."
The following weekend
Rin stood at a train station. She was wearing a yellow sundress with a blue sweater over it. Her friends were waiting with her as well. Everyone-Sunao, Sora, Matsuri, Shinichiro, and Nanami-was getting their chance to say goodbye to their only female friend. When they were giving each other their hugs goodbye, the train was boarding.
"Where are you going to go," Sunao asked.
"I have a grandmother a few towns away," she explained, "I spoke with her on the phone and she was happy to hear that her granddaughter was still alive, and she asked me to come stay with her. This way, I can hide away from anyone else that was working with Aizawa."
"What about school," Sora asked.
"I'm not going to be Mira Tanaka, anymore. And like you said…it's a boys' academy.
"So you're going to start calling yourself Rin Tanaka," Shinichiro questioned.
"Sort of…I'm going to keep my first name, Rin. However, to hide myself, I decide to start call myself Rin Suzuki. Grandma says that I'll be known as her care taker around everyone else. It's kind of weird but I can start off fresh. Just like Mira wanted me to do."
"All aboard," the man said. Rin and them rushed to train, but managed to say their final goodbyes.
She gave Sora a hug first, "Sora-kun," she said, "Thank you for helping me in my time of need. You really are a good friend."
"See ya," he said. Next to him were Shinichiro and Nanami. "Thank you two for your hospitality. You two made me feel very welcomed." Both of them offered her a friendly smile. Next was Sunao. She gave Sunao into a warm embrace. "Sunao…I'm going to miss you a lot."
He returned the hug. "Same here," he said. She pulled back the hug. "Sunao. I need you to make me a promise." She held Sunao's hands together and looked into those big pink eyes of his seriously. "What is it?"
"Sunao," she started, "I know you are still a little upset about the past, like it's holding you back. Thus…I want you to promise me that you're not going to let anything in the past stop you from having a bright and happy future. Promise me a least that, Sunao."
Sunao stared at her, amazed to what she just said. He knew that that was the same promise she made to Mira. So this promise really meant a lot to her. He nodded. "Thank you, Rin. I promise."
She lifted up her pinky. "Pinky swear me so that I know you mean it," she said, slightly joking, slightly not. Sunao laughed inwardly and held up his pinky as well. They latched their pinkies together, sealing the promise. She gave him one last hug, before saying good-bye to the last one, Matsuri.
She looked down. "I'm sorry about the unconvinced, and hope we can still be friends."
"Of course, Rin," he said, "but…there's something I gotta let you know." She tilted her head, looking up at him with a confused expression on her face. Without any hesitation, he pulled into a loving embrace. She began to blush again, as she usually does around him. Everyone else smiled; glad to see that they were finally free to express their feelings. Matsuri pulled back a little and bent down to kiss her on the cheek. She then became as red as a cherry. He whispered in her ear, "Let me know when you're in town again." She felt like her head was spinning and couldn't believe this was happening. "M-Matsuri-chan," she stuttered. He gave her a little wink.
Whoooot. Whoooot. ((A/N: That was my train whistle noise lol.)
The train began to move slowly. Rin and everyone raced after the train. She was able to take a hold of one of the bars and swing into the train. All of the others stopped and began to wave goodbye, watching her slowly exit the station and began her journey as Rin Suzuki.
"Do you think we'll ever see her again," Sora thought outloud.
"I believe so," Nanami answered. "If not we're going to make a few trips."
"Yeah," Matsuri agreed.
"Well," Shinichiro sighed, "We better be on our way." Everyone began to walk away. Sora stopped in his tracks, seeing that Sunao didn't move. He walked up to him and held him around his torso. "Everything alright, Fujimori?" Sunao smiled.
"It is now," he said, "After all, I made a promise, and intend on keeping that promise." Sora smiled and kissed Sunao on the top of his head. "I'm glad to hear that," he said, taking a hold of his hand. "Come on, everyone is waiting for us."
One year later
It was about time for summer vacation. Rin Suzuki was walking home with her new friends from class. They separated at a four way intersection and she started walking home alone. She didn't go directly home, never did. She wanted to make a few stops.
She went by the local cemetery and walked by a few rows of graves until she found the tombstone she was looking for. She knelt in front of the tombstone. It was a regular old tombstone, made of shiny marble, with the engraved words 'Rin Tanaka. Born: September 8th, 1993. Died: December 15th 2009. "Hey Mira," she said as if she were talking to anyone else, "I told you that I'd be back. Anyways, not much has happened from my end. School went by smoothly, Grandma's as healthy as a horse, and I now I'm planning on looking for a part-time job-nothing new really going on. However, I'm sort of getting use to that, the whole no-adventure thing. Well sorry for cutting things short, but I gotta get going. Grandma is making her soup and I have to make sure she don't burn the house down." She bent over and kissed the top of the tombstone. "Goodbye for now Oni-chan. I love you."
She returned home minutes later, feeling complete exhausted. When she walked into the cottage, she flopped herself on the couch in the living room. "What a day," she sighed. Her grandmother was over in the next room. "Anything in the mail," he grandmother called out from the kitchen. Rin stood up and walked back toward the main entrance, "Sorry, Grandma, I forgot. I'll go get it," she said, running out the door to the mailbox.
Junk mail, coupons, and a few letters-that's all she found in there. Rin walked into the kitchen and place them on the island, next to her grandmother, who was busy making a big pot of stew. "Anything," she asked her granddaughter. Rin was shuffling through the letters. "A bank notice," she read outloud, "A letter from the 'Do-It-All team, a letter from your insurance company…wait what?" She stopped reading and returned her attention from the 'Do-It-All' team.
"It's from the guys," she said happily.
"What does it say," her grandmother asked. Rin opened the envelope and pulled out the small piece of paper, about the size of a sticky note. "That's weird," she thought outloud; "It says to go open your front door." Her grandmother looked up at her baffled-like. "Really," she says, "Well don't leave your friends in suspense, go open it." Rin looked back to her grandmother with a puzzled look.
"Do you know something about this," she asked. Her grandmother stopped cooking and began to push Rin toward the door. "Stop delaying and go see," she answered. Rin gave up. "OK. OK," she giggled, now walking on her own as her grandmother returned to the kitchen.
She did as the little note said and opened her front door. Nothing was there. She popped her head out the door, looking from side to side. Nothing seemed to be there. She sighed. She was hoping that her friends were going to be there, but was wrong.
She returned back into the kitchen, not looking up. "What's wrong, Rin," her grandma asked. "Nothing was there," she answered. Her grandmother chuckled. "I know, they showed up not too terribly long ago after school was out and I couldn't keep them waiting in the heat, so I directed them to your room," she explained.
"What," she asked, almost hard to believe in what she was hearing. Her grandmother smiled. "Don't keep our guests waiting," she said. She ran upstairs and ran in the first door to the right. Sure enough, they were in her room. Her mouth dropped, so amazed to see them. All of the boys looked to Rin, looking like a new person.
She wasn't wearing boy's clothes anymore, but clothes that shaped her nicely. She wore skirts instead of slacks. Her hair grew out, too. It was as long as her shoulders were, thick enough to wear a headband.
Matsuri was the first to give their long-time friend a hug. "It's really you," she said, returning the hug. "When did you get here?"
"About twenty minutes ago," Sora said, shrugging his shoulders.
"We didn't want to wait until tomorrow to see you so Minato Sensei allowed us an early day," Sunao said.
They had a fun visit. Each one of them were catching up from lost times, sharing silly stories that happened until Rin's grandmother called for dinner. Sora fell in love with someone else's cooking, which brought back fond memories.
From that point on, they would take turns every so often traveling to see each other that summer. Distance could separate the four, nothing ever did. Everything ended happily ever after.
Me: Well, that's all folks. I hope you liked it.
Rosie: What about Matsuri and Rin? You didn't say if they fell in love.
Me: I said happily ever after. The readers can fill in the holes. You know? Let their imaginations wonder what happens.
Rosie:…. Ok then.